Defensive driving is important, and it is the process of trying to drive in a way that allows you to avoid accidents. It’s wise for all drivers to do this. They need to understand that the risk they face is not just that they’re going to make a mistake and cause an accident, but that they could drive perfectly and be hit by someone else.
At the same time, however, it’s important to understand that there’s nothing you can do to avoid all car accidents. Sometimes, things are just out of your control. Driving safely is wise, but you also need to know what to do if someone else injures you.
Accidents at Red Lights: An Example of the Constant Danger
To show how the risk is not always avoidable, consider the fact that roughly 143,000 people suffered injuries in 2019 when they were hit at red lights. One of the drivers ran the red light and caused a serious crash.
While it’s true that some of those in the above statistics are the offending drivers who ran the lights, many are also drivers and passengers who were supposed to be safely driving through a green light when they got hit. They followed all the traffic laws. They didn’t make any mistakes. They tried to be as safe as they could. But even that wasn’t enough because something like running a red light or running a stop sign is such a critical error that even safe drivers can be seriously injured.
If this does happen to you, you may be facing extensive medical bills and a lot of other costs. Be sure you know how to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. You shouldn’t have to pay for another person’s mistakes.